Physische Geographie (Master of Science)
(Physical Geography)

Special regulations (due to COVID19) for applications to the Master's programmes

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas  The Institute of Physical Geography at Universität Frankfurt with its several working groups (active both nationally and internationally) covers a wide range of content and methods in the field of physical geography. The research-based Master’s programme in Physical Geography, which focuses on the relationship between man and the environment in the past, present and future, benefits from this broad approach, and the complex networks and regional, national and global challenges that emerge shape the contents during the four semesters of the programme.

The flexible structure of the programme and individual tutoring allows students to develop their own profiles. The programme focuses on learning and researching and therefore qualifies students for specific activities in both research and industry. Students can specialise in each of the four semesters. Interactions between relief, soil, water and vegetation are all part of the programme as well as physical-geographical methods both in the laboratory and outdoors. The programme also includes methods of processing geo-information and remote sensing as well as procedures for shaping the environment that are particularly useful in bio-geographical and hydrological research and practice. These content-related and methodological approaches are strictly orientated towards current theoretical and applied projects in Europe and Africa.

General lectures are offered in all of the four semesters in order to increase student’s basic knowledge of physical geography and to prepare them for the professional world. Excursions and seminar days are central elements of the Master’s programme; an (international) practical or research work placement will give students the possibility to acquire practical skills in Germany or abroad.
Detailed information Information from the department
Study regulations
Degree Master of Science in Physical Geography
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Science is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction German 
Start of the programme

The programme starts at the beginning of the winter and summer semester. Because of the programmes' structure the beginning at the winter semester is recommended. 

Student advisory service Dr. Irene Marzolff,, phone: +49 (0)69/798-40173

Dr. Christiane Berger,, phone: +49 (0)69/798- 40157

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography or comparable degree; aptitude test, if applicable
  • letter of motivation
  • CV
  • English language skills at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree. This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis. Provisional admission is valid for 6 months. 

Mode of admission Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • certified copy of certificate of the first academic degree
  • CV (tabular form)
  • letter of motivation
  • Proof of English language skills (level B1 CEFR)
  • If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    - a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
    - letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Download)
  • proof of German language skills for international applicants
  • APS certificate for applicants from Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Deadline for applications 01.05. - 15.07. for the winter semester
01.12. - 15.01. for the summer semester 
Address for applications Online application portal for the Master’s programmes  

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